Artist: THE SPRAGUE BROTHERS
Title: THE BEST OF ESS BEE VOL. 2
Style: ROCK'N'ROLL, INSTRUMENTALS, ROCKABILLY, COUNTRY
Second volume of the reissue of this records released in small quantities namely "Three" (which was originally due to be released on Hightone), "Covers", "Instrumental Party" and "Rockabilly').
This set focuses more on the talent of brother Chris (aka Sugarballs) featuring many of his own compositions and lead vocals. The element are the same you can find on volume one (logical as it's the same source) with straight ahead rockers (Angelyne, Beep Beep), a bit of Bobby Fuller type of song (All Night Long) and some rockabilly too with two Buddy Holly covers from his earlier period. Beatles/Merseybeat influenced songs are here too, both electric (If You'll Be Mine, I Found Someone New Today the later one featuring great harmonies) or acoustic like The Searcher's "Goodbye My Love" which sounds like an outtake from the Norwegian Wood sessions.
They also perform a set of instrumental ranging from the western jazz of Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant (Pickin' Peppers) to the Ventures' Diamond Head. Another James Bond theme is played after You Only Live Twice on Volume 1, this time it's Gold finger. As you can see, as usual with The Sprague you'll find plenty of styles.
El Toro did a really good job with this reissues allowing us to have access to this recordings. Hope someone will do the same with their early 90's live albums like "Live At Frank's Place" and "Live In The Van With The Sprague Brothers".
Fred "Virgil" Turgis
Jumpin from 6 to 6